Amash: 'High-level' Republicans privately thanked me for supporting Trump impeachment

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote MORE (Mich.), who announced last week that he was leaving the GOP to become an independent, said Sunday that "high-level" Republican officials have thanked him for his support of impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE

Amash, who had been the only GOP member of Congress to support impeachment proceedings against the president, made the comments while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union." 

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Asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' MORE what he's been hearing privately from Republicans following his decision to leave the party, Amash said people have texted and called him to say "thank you for what you’re doing."

"When I was discussing impeachment, I had fellow colleagues and other Republicans, high-level officials, contacting me, saying, 'Thank you for what you’re doing,'" he added. "So there are lots of Republicans out there who are saying these things privately, but there not saying it publicly, and I think that’s a problem for our country."

"It’s a problem for the Republican Party, it’s a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren’t allowed to speak out. So I think we really need the American people to stand up and say, 'Hey. Enough is enough. We’ve had it with these two parties trying to ram their partisan nonsense down our throats.'"

Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Independence Day. 

"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote. "No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it."

The decision came less than two months after Amash said that former Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's report showed that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct. The congressman said in a series of tweets at the time that Mueller's investigation identified "multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice."
 
Amash said in late May that some of his Republican colleagues had sympathized with his remarks on impeachment. 
 
Trump tweeted last week that it was "great news" Amash was leaving the GOP, deriding the lawmaker as the "dumbest and most disloyal" man in Congress.